Community Partnerships for Teacher Pipeline (CPTP) Program

What is the CPTP Program?

We’re recruiting mentors and student participants!

The STEM-CTE Teach Program is thrilled to be part of a new grant focused on teacher preparation. The Community Partnerships for Teacher Pipeline (CPTP) is an initiative funded by the US Dept. of Education Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant to build a community-based teacher pipeline that strengthens the teaching profession by increasing the number of Teachers of Color. The program connects future teachers in Greater Los Angeles to enhanced advisory mentors and success coaches while providing career development activities and stipends. Another component of this program is the CPTP Teacher Mentoring Network, which serves as a hub of professional learning communities for teacher support, collaboration, and community building in the region.


CPTP builds a robust community-based teacher pipeline that strengthens the teaching profession by increasing the number of Teachers of Color from the local community to become teachers in local schools.


Research shows that having a same-race teacher significantly improves student outcomes and reduces disparities between students of color and white students. CPTP is building a diverse teaching workforce that is representative of student demographics in our communities.


CPTP identifies, recruits, trains and supports prospective teachers through an enhanced advisory mentoring and career development model within historically under-resourced schools and communities. The program focuses on the high-need areas of Special Education, STEM Education, and Early Childhood Education.

CPTP News Release Article

“Río Hondo College is eager to launch its partnership with CCE and area schools to boost mentoring, advising, and career development activities that will strengthen the pathway to teaching careers. Our communities are rich in diversity as well as skills in math, science and computer science that—if directed into the teaching profession—can immeasurably enrich our children’s education.”

—Teresa Dreyfuss, Acting Superintendent/President, Río Hondo Community College

CPTP Mission

  • Increase number of Teachers of Color 
  • Foster relationships, support, academic success, wellness, and career development for community college students 
  • Provide comprehensive mentorship 
  • Build a community-based teacher pipeline

CPTP Design

CPTP is designed to increase equity and opportunity in schools and communities. The model focuses on these key points:

  • Engage community 
  • Build voice and ownership 
  • Strength-based approach 
  • Leadership development

Award Information: $9M 

Sub-awardees: Rio Hondo College is a sub-awardee along with Cerritos College and El Camino College, each college will receive $949,998 for 3 years.
Fiscal Agent & Partner: Center for Collaborative Education